Alliance -- An OSHA Cooperative Program<< Back to Concluded Regional Alliances - Region IV

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Southwest Independent School District, Construction Career Academy (SWISD-CCA) and the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. (ABC) agree to establish an Alliance to promote safe and healthful working conditions for construction youth workers. OSHA, SWISD-CCA and the ABC hereby form an Alliance to provide youth with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them to be knowledgeable of safety and health hazards of the construction industry with a focus on the four major hazards; falls, electrical, struck by, and caught in/between hazards. OSHA, SWISD-CCA and ABC recognize that OSHA's State Plan and Consultation Project partners are an integral part of the OSHA national effort.

OSHA, SWISD-CCA and the ABC will work together to achieve the following training and education goals:

  • Develop training and education programs on construction industry hazards such as falls, electrical, struck by, and caught in/between.

  • Increase access to safety and health training resources and related material for youth workers in the construction industry, such as the OSHA 10-hour Construction Course.

OSHA, SWISD-CCA and the ABC will work together to achieve the following outreach and communication goals:

  • Disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA's and ABC's websites.

  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at events such as ABC Local Chapter meetings and SWISD-CCA council meetings.

  • Share information on best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and SWISD-CCA, of SWISD-CCA worksites, with others in the industry and publicize the results through outreach by SWISD-CCA and through OSHA or SWISD-CCA developed training programs and materials.

OSHA's Alliances provide parties an opportunity to participate in a voluntary cooperative relationship with OSHA for purposes such as training and education, outreach and communication and promoting a national dialogue on workplace safety and health. These Alliances have proved to be valuable tools for both OSHA and its Alliance participants. By entering into an Alliance with a party, OSHA is not endorsing any of the party's products or services; nor does the Agency enter into an Alliance with the purpose of promoting a particular party's products or services.

An implementation team made up of representatives of the three organizations will meet to develop a plan of action, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants, In addition, they will meet each school semester to track and share information on activities and result in achieving the goals of the Alliance.

This agreement will remain in effect for two years. Either signatory may terminate it for any reason at any time, provided they give 30 days written notice. This agreement may be modified at any time with the concurrence of all signatories.

Velma Villegas, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
South West Independent School District - Construction Career Academy


Steve Schultz
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.

Joe Reina
Deputy Regional Administrator
Dallas Regional Office

Eric S. Harbin
Area Director
Austin Area Office